“An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight”
– Thomas Jefferson
About the Board and the Center
Democracy requires citizens who, as “sovereigns”, can make sound decisions about public issues. Yet current communication and problem-solving approaches often prove counterproductive. There are also important “disconnects” between citizens many of whom have withdrawn from political engagement. Solving the serious and complex problems that the United States faces, which do not always have technical solutions, calls for working through paradoxes and competing values that will require tough choices. Facing them and developing solutions requires productive collaboration from an engaged and reinvigorated citizenry.
SUNY Broome’s Civic Engagement Advisory Board (CEAB), which was reactivated in 2006, and SUNY Broome’s Center for Civic Engagement recognize the need for the community to become re-engaged. As stated its By-Laws the objectives of the Civic Engagement Advisory Board, and by extension the Center, are: “to promote and foster political deliberation and involvement in the public square of the Southern Tier. It collaborates with community partners to foster knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions, which contribute to civic discourse and engagement.”
You can contact the Civic Engagement Center by just stopping by or by calling 607-778-5494 or 607-778-5042.
To reach the Advisory Board you may contact any of the Board members or the Center.
Current Board Memebers
Professor Lisa Strahley (Chair)
Science Building 104 / 778-5042
Professor Doug Garner
Titchener Hall 211 B / 778-5378 or 778-5094
Professor Scott Corley
Science Building 104 or Titchener Hall 011 C / 778-5494